We are catching our breath here with Alex Harvey with the 50 k classic rundown on the podcast. On another planet where the perceived forces of good and evil do not wear Lycra, this race is simply catalogued as another classic, not a mega-classic.
Such is life and such is racing. This 50 k classic monster came down to the wire as Russia’s Alexander Bolshunov and Norway’s Johannes Høsflot Klæbo flowed into the final straight.
Here’s the replay from today’s race report:
No matter how you look at it, pro-Russia, pro-Norway, pro-fun racing, Bolshunov went wide to close the door on Klæbo and the Norwegian sprinter nearly lost his balance dodging V-boards, ski tips, and Bolshunov’s physical presence. During the brush-up, with no crowd noise, you can hear Bolshunov’s pole crack with the bottom half falling to the ground after he stuck it between his legs.
As Klæbo and Bolshunov re-centered, both now with barely enough room to push the pedals down, the drag race ensured with, as one might guess, Klæbo winning and Bolshunov, with one effective pole, losing ground.
The rest, as they say, is recent history. Klæbo is DQ’d, Iversen wins and on and on. And if you still need video evidence to prove or disprove your respective point of view, head to our Facebook page where several people have posted replay videos. Here’s the call from the folks at NBC.
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